Monday, January 09, 2017

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is the most famous figure in MMA history. She was named by ESPN as the best fighter, male or female, in all of combat sports. Her autobiography made the New York Times bestseller list. She appeared in multiple Hollywood movies. In 2015, she was #3 for Google’s top trending people. #4 was Donald Trump.

Then she lost her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015, and went into a media near blackout. She appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Conan,” was the subject of an in-depth interview with ESPN the Magazine, played the role of Gallus Mag on Drunk History, and that is about it.

The blackout lasted right up to her fight with new champion Amanda Nunes, and when she lost, it continued. There was an official statement provided by her team to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and nothing else.

Now Rousey has provided the first direct response since the loss. it’s simple and sad.

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Prior to his fight with Chuck Liddell, Rashad Evans sought out some wisdom from Randy Couture, who was characteristically focused but relaxed and smiling before fights.

“You’re nervous because you’re afraid of the outcome,” explained Couture. “Accept the worst outcome, and once you accept the worst outcome, you’ll be free. You’ll be able to get out there and fight like you’re able to fight. … If losing a fight is the worst thing that’s ever happened to you in your life, you’re doing pretty good. … The people who love you are still going to love you the next day.”

Rousey’s Rowling quote comes from a speech given at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2008.

“An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless,” Rowling explained. “The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

Rock bottom for Rowling was being flat broke, single, on welfare, with a child to take care of, and shattered career prospects. Ronda Rousey is worth into the eight-figure range. She is adored by millions, and has endless possibilities, including, if she chooses to, fighting at the highest levels in the UFC or appearing in Hollywood movies. Her’s is a world of promise enjoyed by only a handful of people worldwide.

Couture is a great coach and his sage advice has helped a lot of fighters. Makes you wish Ronda Rousey had a great coach.